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Shipping Container Cabin Approved in an HOA!

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This is a shipping container cabin approved by an HOA in Cedar Creek Lake in Dallas, Texas.

After endless searching I finally found a beautiful lakefront lot that had an open minded HOA willing to approve their first shipping container home!

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Shipping Container Cabin Approved in an HOA in Texas


Photos via Airbnb

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Photos via Airbnb

After endless searching I finally found a beautiful lakefront lot that had an open minded HOA willing to approve their first shipping container home! It took a month to prepare the house for transfer. On August 1st the house was brought to its new home (see images).
The same company that transported the house also poured the foundation. Once the house arrived they used a robot (and hard man labor) to literally roll the house onto the foundation. Really neat to watch.
I spent over 2 months getting water and electricity to the land, driveway installed, septic/plumbing, fence and decks installed…. etc. Luckily this land is in the county, not city, so permits were not an issue. House is available for rent in early November on Airbnb and I already have people booking!


  • Around $120/night
  • 2bd/1.5bath- 620 sqft
  • Enjoy panaromic views of Cedar Creek Lake as soon as you walk in
  • Large 8ft x 16ft patio sliding door leading to an expansive back deck
  • Open Concept Kitchen with full size Stainless Steel appliances
  • Master Bedroom with unobstructed lake view
  • Washer Dryer (in bedroom closet)
  • Advanced security system with key code entry (will get unique code each stay)
  • New Lennox HVAC with heat element (central air) inspected by Spartan Commercial HVAC experts
  • Luxurious White Quartz stone walk-in shower
  • Double sink vanity with modern vessel sinks
  • Cozy half bath near front entrance
  • Guest bedroom complete with 2 loft beds
  • 9 ft ceilings with floor to ceiling curtains for privacy and comfort


  1. http://www.xtracrafty.com/p/container-house-project.html
  2. https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/15479045

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Monya Churchill
    October 17, 2016, 2:41 pm

    wish it showed a picture of how the outside looks. Airbnb says it is 2 containers. are they connected horizontally or vertically? the inside looks like it might really cute but the clutter makes it hard to really see that.

  • Eric
    October 17, 2016, 3:33 pm

    Interesting that we don’t get to “see” the outside of the building. Oh yes, there are 2 pics but so dark and unclear one cannot really visualise.

    • Natalie
      October 18, 2016, 3:35 pm

      I’d be much more concerned if I couldn’t see the inside 🙂 Based on that, it’s gotta be cute! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Michael
    October 17, 2016, 7:50 pm

    Shipping container or ISBU are the most affordable way to build a rock solid home which can withstand almost all natural desasters.
    You can buy these boxes mostly under scrap value almost every there and build the interior according to your needs. If you don’t like the corrugated steel walls you can add any cladding and or additional insulation, even put another than flat roof on. The options are endless.
    Beside that they can achieve almost all building codes the only problem is to get the building permit.

    • Natalie
      October 18, 2016, 3:36 pm

      Aren’t they awesome? — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Matt Schweyer
    October 17, 2016, 9:18 pm

    I am so interested in this container home. I went to the Air B&B & the pictures are much better. Am planning on booking a weekend with my wife, I have been trying to convince, we should do this on another lake south of Dallas. Maybe, this might be the impetus to convince her. Fingers crossed.

  • oxide
    October 18, 2016, 2:40 pm

    620 sq ft? I didn’t know they made containers that big.
    I’d love to see a floor plan. Fitting 2 beds and 1 1/2 bath into 620 sq ft is amazing!
    I think the decor is a little to dark for a lakeside but that’s personal preference.
    If I were the HOA, I’d be less concerned with the actual shipping container and more concerned about who’s renting it by the night. I guess $120/night is high enough to keep out the partying riff-raff.

    • Natalie
      October 18, 2016, 3:37 pm

      Ya it must be a huge one 🙂 Pretty cool! — Tiny House Talk Team

    October 19, 2016, 7:56 am

    I don’t know about this one, the pictures are so dark they don’t let you really get a feel for this house…!

    • Natalie
      October 19, 2016, 8:43 am

      They are a bit darker, yes — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Laurie
    March 15, 2019, 6:18 pm

    how loud is it inside when it rains?

  • Angela
    September 22, 2019, 8:58 pm

    Oh, look! Yet another tiny for use as an Air BnB! Ho hum.

    • Eric
      September 22, 2019, 9:06 pm

      I’m kind of agreeing with you on that. Seems that housing for people to actually live in is giving way to overpriced short time rentals. And its happening everywhere… New Zealand, Australia, Fiji… oh, wait, maybe not in Fiji 😁

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